Mandee’s Life With Make Up

Mandee Ashley is a Rowan University student who can make people look like anything she wants through the use of make up. She has turned something she enjoys doing into a future career. Check out my very first video post to find out about Mandee Ashley’s style story!


To Write Hope On Her Arm…

Chelsea Dobrucki is a 20-year-old Junior at Rowan University majoring in Radio/Television/Film Production. You may have seen Dobrucki’s face and tattoo Your Style Stories before, but I feel her story was one worth sharing and want to tell the tale behind Dobrucki’s tattoo.

Chelsea Dobrucki showing off her "Hope" tattoo

Dobrucki's "Hope" tattoo.

In her teens, Dobrucki was more of an introverted person than she is today. She was not a fan of body art and rejected the idea when her older sister, Amanda, got a tattoo. “I remember thinking ‘well, that’s stupid, why would you want to ruin your body like that?” Dobrucki recalls the first time she saw her sister’s tattoo.

However, as Dobrucki got older her attitude towards tattoos changed. She found that she liked the idea of them so much that on her twentieth birthday in September 2011, she got her very own.“I got it because I was always the kind of girl who was shy. I realized the confidence that I needed and I decided to get a tattoo to remind me of that confidence. I got the word ‘hope’ because it’s not only my middle name but a reminder to hope for the best and never lose hope and keep moving towards the future,” Dobrucki says.

What is really sentimental to Dobrucki is that the tatoo matches her sister’s. “ Amanda, her middle name is faith and she has that tattooed on her right wrist.” Says Dobrucki. “So when we put them together it says faith and hope.”

Dobrucki says she likes surprising people who knew her as a shy teenager in high school who see her tattoo for the first time. But “hope” means a lot more to her than just a way to say she’s not so shy anymore. “Whenever I’m having a bad day I look down at it and see the word hope and it makes me feel better,” she says. “This last year my mother was diagnosed with cancer in March and through her cancer battle, my tattoo reminded me to hope for her to get better and to stay positive.”

Dobrucki does not regret her tattoo one bit, and actually hopes that is does inspire others to have hope. After hearing her story first-hand, I am certain that is exactly what it will do.

A Little Sunshine On Her Skin

Happy Spring and happy Easter and Passover weekend everyone! The sun has been out quite a bit in New Jersey and the weather has been warmer so I felt this would be a great time to share another more personal and “sunny” style story (excuse the pun, I couldn’t help it). This one isn’t about me but about one of my best friends, Rachael Glanding, a 20-year-old from Mercer County, New Jersey.

Rachael Glanding (left), Me (right)

If I could associate one symbol with Glanding, it would be the sun. She loves sunshine and lived in Arizona for several years before she moved to New Jersey with her family. Glanding often complains about the lack of heat and sunshine in New Jersey and constently wishes a loud to go back and visit Arizona. She wears a necklace with a sun shaped pendant every day, and a ring on her finger also shaped like the sun but with a smiling face that I helped convince her to buy because I knew she would love it. Glanding talked about getting a tattoo of the sun on her body for a long time, until October 2011 when she permanently inked a little sunshine onto her upper back to always remind her that the sun is always shining behind the clouds.

Rachael Glanding's sun tattoo on her upper back.